Memoirs of An Imaginary Friend

Memoirs of An Imaginary Friend

Book - 2012
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Imaginary friend Budo narrates this heartwarming story of love, loyalty, and the power of the imagination--the perfect read for anyone who has ever had a friend . . . real or otherwise

Budo is lucky as imaginary friends go. He's been alive for more than five years, which is positively ancient in the world of imaginary friends. But Budo feels his age, and thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. When that happens, Budo will disappear.

Max is different from other children. Some people say that he has Asperger's Syndrome, but most just say he's "on the spectrum." None of this matters to Budo, who loves Max and is charged with protecting him from the class bully, from awkward situations in the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom stalls. But he can't protect Max from Mrs. Patterson, the woman who works with Max in the Learning Center and who believes that she alone is qualified to care for this young boy.

When Mrs. Patterson does the unthinkable and kidnaps Max, it is up to Budo and a team of imaginary friends to save him--and Budo must ultimately decide which is more important: Max's happiness or Budo's very existence.

Narrated by Budo, a character with a unique ability to have a foot in many worlds--imaginary, real, child, and adult-- Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend touches on the truths of life, love, and friendship as it races to a heartwarming . . . and heartbreaking conclusion.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2012.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250006219
Branch Call Number: FIC Dicks
Characteristics: 314 pages


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ArapahoeKati Oct 30, 2019

Have you ever read a book narrated by a child's imaginary friend? This book is thoughtful, charming and unputdownable.

Sep 04, 2019

This book is different and interesting in the fact that instead of being told from the point of view of a living character (in this case, Max) it is instead told from the point of view of Budo- Max's imaginary best friend. Because the book is told from Budo's point of view, us as the readers get to experience the story from a completely different point of view. Something that I really liked throughout the novel.


When Max is kidnapped- Budo witnesses it. Budo also witnesses the events leading up to the kidnapping and we as readers know what has happened to Max because we've seen the events from Budo's perspective- but no one else does! It was incredibly frustrating to know who took Max and where he was being kept but to then turn around and read about the police bickering about who they thought kidnapped him, etc! It was incredibly irritating but it made for such a good story because when Max is finally reunited with his parents there is such a relief and a feeling of success because you knew all along what was happening and you know just what both Max and Budo had to go though for him to escape.

Throughout the novel there are a few other 'sub' plot lines that happen and they all help to develop Budo's character more- which makes it harder for the readers to let go of him when he fades. Despite being an imaginary friend; Budo had so much development and memories and personality that he may as well been a real boy like Max. You have to go though Budo loosing so many important people in his life- both real and imaginary alike. It make you feel more connected and sympathetic for his character and makes him feel all the more real.

'Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend' is an amazing book that allows for readers to view the real life world from an outside perspective. Matthew Dicks did a pronominal job of creating this fantasy world of imaginary friends that lives and thrived alongside and within the real world. Readers learn so much about Imaginary Friends and their connections with their humans and every single one of their experiences if heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.

Jan 19, 2016

From the point of view of the "friend" was an excellent way to tell a story that has so many different sides to it! I was not sure about the suggestion to read it but am very glad I did. Took me 2 days, with my schedule, and I am sure it could have been one day if I had it free! I just could not put it down!

Nov 15, 2015

I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. It was suspenseful and intriguing. Different from anything I have read before. Highly recommend.

Jul 26, 2015

The review of this book, above, from the Guardian lists the author's name as Matthew Green. The reviewer didn't like the book, but didn't even know the author's name?

Dec 04, 2013

One of the best books I've read in a very long time!

0Charlie Nov 27, 2013

I picked up the book because the title intrigued me. I enjoy flights of imagination. I was very pleased that it turned out to be so much more than I had expected. True, it starts out being the actual story of the imaginary friend of an autistic schoolboy. But from there, we get into bullying, a shooting, a kidnapping and discussions of existence. Thought-provoking and exciting. I could hardly wait to continue listening to the work. Highly recommended.

Jun 12, 2013

Wonderful book about a child with different feelings and how he deals with the tormenters in his life. Just wonderful.

carrilis Apr 12, 2013

What could've been a great book, was just an average book. I felt the writing was very simplistic, and even though the story was written from the point of view of the imaginary friend, it was still just a little too simple.

Mar 04, 2013

This is an important book. It paints an authentic picture of a child who is "a little different"--a child who prefers to be alone, a quiet child who is content within himself, but worries his parents. He has an invisible friend, who helps him to be brave and to take real action when it is vital. This a book teachers and parents should read.

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Jun 21, 2013

Very very good book
want to read others
Something Missing
Unexpectedly Milo

Michael Colford Feb 26, 2013

Matthew Dicks has created something marvelous and original, the story of the life of an imaginary friend. Imaginary friends are limited only by... you guessed it, the imagination. Budo is lucky; he looks and acts like a real little boy. His friend Max, imagined him with a level of detail that most imaginary friends lack. Sometimes it's just ears that they are missing, but other times they are just a hair bow with eyes, so they can't speak, not even to other imaginary friends. Budo is special in other ways as well. He is old for an imaginary friend. Some imaginary friends only live a few minutes or hours. Some last a year or even two. Budo has been alive for five years. And he's smart too. Max imagined him as very smart. It's possible that Budo has been alive for so long because Max is autistic. He has trouble interacting with people; even people he loves like his parents, and his favorite teacher, Mrs. Gosk. Whatever the reason, Budo has learned a great deal and is concerned because he has watched imaginary friends fade away when their human friends stop believing in them. He is afraid of the moment when he fades away as well. But when Max is placed in danger and there is little Budo can do to help him, he learns that there are worse things than fading away.

With heart-felt creativity, Dicks tells the story of love and loss, sacrifice and heroism, all through the lens of an imaginary friend. His tale is funny. It is sad. It is suspenseful. It is exciting. It is the story of a life. It is the story of the lessons we learn and the lengths we will go to to help someone we love.

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